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NBA mobile apps shoot and score with Built.io MBaaS

If you’re trying to build a mobile app, you want mobile backend as a service on your team.

Mobile backend as a service (MBaaS), which connects an app’s front end to the back-end systems it needs to function, can make it quick and efficient to build mobile apps. One option on the MBaaS market is Built.io, a San Francisco-based company that provides mobile app development and back-end integration capabilities.

When the NBA’s Sacramento Kings looked to build their state-of-the-art arena, the organization turned to Built.io to build a mobile app centered around the fans, allowing them to literally connect with the arena. The app lets fans start by finding a parking spot at the arena or getting an Uber there. It also offers ticketless entry, and inside the arena fans can use the app to order food and drinks, navigate to their friends’ seats and see different camera angles of plays.

“A blending of the physical and technological world seems to be really popular right now,” said Matthew Baier, COO of Built.io.

To support those features, the Sacramento Kings + Golden 1 Center app integrates with more than 20 microservices, and the organization continues to add more. MBaaS allows the team to plug new service integrations into upcoming app updates on demand and give fans a chance to test them out. Based on user reception, the Kings can decide whether to keep or replace the new services. So far, they have updated it close to once a month.

Built.io MBaaS can connect apps to anything from niche cloud-based services to SAP or other databases. Most of the modern services that organizations want to connect to their mobile apps have cloud-based APIs that are easy to integrate with an open architecture; the Internet of Things will bring a whole slew of new experiences to mobile apps as well, Baier said.

Built.io is currently working with the Miami Heat and other organizations to create similar apps for their fans. There will be common base features, but the company will customize each app to the team, the fan experience, location and specific vendors of the area, Baier said.

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This article was published and is inaccurate. NetApp low end includes FAS2220 and FAS2240. The 20x0 models are EoL. These storage systems can be all SSD if you wish and NetApp also supports automated tiering to HDD and SSD with Flash Pools. Article doesn't mme too the software differentiators too like unified replication and vAulting under the covers. Storage efficiency differentiation not covered either.
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After reading the recent article entitled “Unified Storage Systems showdown: NetApp FAS vs. EMC VNX”, I have a few points I would like to address:

1. You mention that there is a difference between EMC's approach and NetApp's approach. While EMC is using Auto Tearing software logic - NetApp’s strategy is to use Flash Cache: NetApp has a Flash Cache PCIe-based solid-state storage device that speeds performance on specific applications, such as data warehousing. It also supports SSDs in the array as other storage vendors do. It is not the same thing and one does not replace the other. You can also create Flash Cache with VNX using SSD disks and use them as shocks to absorb I/O spikes. I did go over NetApp documentation and should say that NetApp just doesn’t have auto-tearing feature like EMC does.
2. Both companies are bringing up little features, differences in the ideology. Here is my simple version – one was going from SAN to NAS – another one from NAS to SAN. I really like the way Tenaja Group quoted: “ It is not relevant anymore. “
3. Another point – there is so much noise about Unified platforms – file/block, it is really SAN and NAS in one box. In a lot of cases EMC is used with a combination with VMWare or something like this. Rather than paying for VNX data movers, I would just create a VM “data mover” NAS using either Linux or Windows server. It would be high available through VMWare availability mechanisms and there would be no difference between VNX data movers and that VM NAS server. I can also say that Linux or Windows NAS would be better than VNX data mover. It can implement SFTP that VNX doesn’t have out of box.
4. There is another strange advantage of NetApp – the fact that they can scale up. Just to uncover “complex” things that usually hide the notion of “complexity”. Both are just a SAN and a NAS on the top of SAN. When the author is talking about the clustering – is he talking about scaling out SAN controllers or file movers. If this is just a file movers I would say – who cares. I would use any virtualization platform to create a small VM NAS instance. If you want multiple of them – you can use multiple of them.

Michael Petrov, Digital Edge CEO
www.digitaledge.net
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It's a shame to see data from a trusted source so behind (6 months).
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Excellent Information!!! always looking for a storage device that can speed performance
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